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Workplace mentorship and why it builds great organisations

Starting an entirely new job usually requires you to learn from more experienced co-workers. Even if you’ve had training beforehand, there’s often a world of difference between preparing to do a job in theory, and actually carrying it out in practice.

Video: Keeping trade moving revisited

Last October our in-house lawyer training day sought to address the question of how can we keep trade moving? We looked at issues such as: the speed of change, Brexit, collaboration and the changing customer.

COVID-19: Where now for employment tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?


A&O enters fray for Hbos on potential Abbey bid

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped a role on the anticipated battle for UK mortgage bank Abbey National The magic circle firm has won an instruction from Halifax Bank of Scotland (HboS) which is believed to be considering a counter bid for Abbey, a longstanding client of Slaughter and May. Last week Abbey agreed to […]

Maitland barrister defects to XXIV Old Buildings

Maitland Chambers has been hit with a rare departure as a senior trust barrister makes a move to XXIV Old Buildings. David Brownbill is set to join his new set today (2 August). He recently acted on one of the world’s largest fraud cases, the Grupo Torras litigation, and is an attorney of the Turks […]


Pictons chief executive officer (CEO) David Lambert is unusual in having a vision for the firm that he describes as “transient”. Some CEOs and managing partners might bridle at the suggestion of ‘transience’ in their thinking. But not Lambert. “A lot of law firms adopt a very fixed vision of where they want to go,” […]

Lend Lease rethinks UK legal line-up

Lend Lease has launched a review of its entire UK legal panel in a bid to streamline its legal functions. The Australian property developer has revealed that it is conducting a routine reappraisal of the law firms used by each of its business streams. However, it is understood the group is also using the review […]

Amex Euro legal chief jumps ship to RSA

American Express (Amex) managing counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa has quit after just over 18 months in the role. Mark Chambers, who joined Amex in January 2003, is leaving the group to join Royal & Sun Alliance as general counsel and group company secretary with effect from October. He is replacing Jan Miller […]

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